Visit one of the most beautiful and fragile marine ecosystems on Earth, where reef fish dart through a technicolor forest of coral, sharks sail beneath your feet, and giant clams dazzle with brilliant hues.

The Philippine Coral Reef, the gateway to our larger Coral Reefs of the World exhibit, highlights waters known as the center of marine biodiversity—an area of unbelievable beauty and importance. From the main museum floor, gaze over a shallow, sandy lagoon inhabited by sharks, rays, and schools of fish. Then, at the edge of the lagoon, a 212,000-gallon exhibit plunges into a different world.

At 25 feet deep, the Philippine Coral Reef tank is one of the deepest and largest displays of living coral in the world. Under the surface, thousands of fish mingle with eels, anemones, starfish, and coral, adding up to some of the most dramatic underwater views available without diving. 

Academy diver with large camera swims past a giant sponge in the Philippines.

Academy Research in the Philippines

For 25 years, we've been identifying biodiversity hotspots, discovering new species, and pushing the boundaries of marine exploration in the Philippines, all while working with local partners to better protect one of the world's most spectacular ecosystems.

A lion fish with long, venomous spines in the Philippine adaptations exhibit.

Surprising adaptations

There's more to the Philippines exhibit than the captivating main tank—a series of smaller tank galleries highlight the unique adaptations and interactions of reef organisms.

Closeup of a brightly colored, purple and pink anemone.

Reef 101

Why are reef animals so colorful? How do coral reefs around the world interact? What makes coral health so important? Get a crash course in the wonder and importance of Earth's coral reefs during our dive shows—daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

A large school of colorful Philippine fishes swim through the exhibit's bright blue water.

Fish ID Guide

Become familiar with the inhabitants of our Philippine Coral Reef tank by diving into our field guide, prepared by Steinhart Aquarium biologists.

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